Saturday, July 29, 2006

CorridorWatch.org Files Formal Complaint Against Tx-DOT re. TTC-35

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CorridorWatch.org FILES FORMAL COMPLAINT AND COMMENTS

Appearing in Dallas last night, CorridorWatch.org (an Trans Texas Corridor watch-dog group) filed formal comments and complaint with TxDOT with regard to TTC-35.

The full text of the formal written comment can be found at:http://www.corridorwatch.org/ttc/pdf/NEPA_DEIS_TTC35_27JUL2006.pdf

[ Text of oral comment follows ]

ORAL COMMENTS & TESTIMONY

TIER ONE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT TTC-35 PUBLIC HEARING

DAVID K. STALL, CORRIDORWATCH.ORG

JULY 27, 2006, DALLAS, TEXAS

MY NAME IS DAVID STALL AND I AM COMMENTING ON BEHALF THE MORE THAN 5,000 MEMBERS OF CORRIDORWATCH WHO LIVE AND/OR OWN LAND IN 186 TEXAS COUNTIES INCLUDING ALL 38 COUNTIES WITHIN THE PREFERRED CORRIDOR AND REASONABLE CORRIDOR ALTERNATES.

TxDOT HAS FAILED ITS NEPA MANDATE TO ALERT AND INFORM THE PUBLIC OF THEIR PLANNED ACTIONS.
INSTEAD OF INFORMING THE PUBLIC OF POSSIBLE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES, TxDOT IS BOMBARDING THEM WITH A MARKETING EFFORT DESIGNED TO SELL THE CORRIDOR SCHEME. ANY CRITICAL OBSERVATION OF THE CORRIDOR IS MET WITH A SWIFT TxDOT REBUTTAL.

UNDER THE LEADERSHIP AND DIRECTION OF THE TEXAS TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION TxDOT HAS FAILED THE NEPA MANDATE OF A CAREFUL AND INFORMED DECISIONMAKING PROCESS CONDUCTED FULLY AND IN GOOD FAITH.

THE INTENTIONAL OMISSION OF, AND SECRECY OF, PROJECT DESIGN DETAILS CONTAINED IN THE CINTRA ZACHRY DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT THWART A REASONABLY COMPLETE DISCUSSION OF THE PROJECT. WITHOUT THAT INFORMATION THE PUBLIC IS UNABLE TO ADEQUATELY EVALUATE THE SEVERITY OF POTENTIAL ADVERSE EFFECTS. SUCH OMISSION UNDERMINES THE “ACTION-FORCING” FUNCTION OF ACT.

RATHER THAN SHARING INFORMATION AND COLLABORATING WITH REGIONAL AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS TxDOT HAS BEEN INSTRUCTED TO SHUN THOSE THAT THE CHAIRMAN HAS IDENTIFIED AS WORKING AT CROSS-PURPOSES.

ACTIONS BY TxDOT TO QUELL UNWELCOME INPUT AND COMMENT ON TTC-35 MAKE A MOCKERY OF THE NEPA ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY PROCESS.

COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE CHASTISED AND REBUKED FOR ATTEMPTS TO ADVANCE ANY ALTERNATIVE TO THE SINGULAR PLAN ADVANCED BY THE GOVERNOR AND HIS APPOINTED COMMISSON.

IT IS UNACCEPTABLE THAT THIS COMMISSION ACTS TO RETALIATE AGAINST COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATIONS AND THEIR REPRESENTATIVE BECAUSE THEY OPPOSE TTC-35, A PLAN THAT IS ITSELF A MATTER OF PUBLIC DEBATE.

CORRIDORWATCH IS STUNNED AT THE THREATS AND COERCION CAST UPON PUBLIC OFFICIALS WHO DEVEATE FROM THE PREORDAINED PROGRAM.

THE COMMISSION HAS CREATED A CLIMATE OF INTIMIDATION THAT MAY MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO RECEIVE VALUABLE COMMENTS, INPUT, OR ALTERNATIVES FOR FEAR OF REPRISAL.

CHAIRMAN WILLIAMSON SAYS THAT HE WILL NOT TOLERATE THE KIND OF AD HOC INPUT THAT THIS VERY PROCESS IS DESIGNED TO SOLICIT.

HIS INTENT IS TRANSPARENT AND THE MESSAGE IS LOUD AND CLEAR – SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP.

AS A RESULT THE INTERFERENCE BY THE COMMISSION IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR TxDOT TO COMPLY WITH NEPA AND CEQ REGULATIONS.

THROUGH THEIR ACTIONS THE COMMISION HAS REJECTED THEIR DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY UNDER THE ACT. THEIR ACTIONS HAVE NULLIFIED THE PROTECTIONS THAT THE CITIZENS OF TEXAS ARE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL LAW.

DESPOTISM HAS BECOME THE NEW MANAGEMENT CULTURE AT TxDOT.

BASED ON THIS AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE TIER ONE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY THE DECISION SELECTED MUST BE THE NO ACTION ALTERNATIVE.
David Stall can be reached for comment at the above email address, or at # 832-984-4314, or 512-791-4628



George Eliot georgeeliot2009@yahoo.com
www.TexansAgainstTolls.com

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